Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Attorneys in the MPPOA Legal Defense Fund

Deborah Ellis

101 East Fifth Street, Suite 2626
St. Paul, MN 55101
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Email: deborahellis2626@gmail.com
651-288-3554 (office)
651-276-3423 (cell)


Trial Lawyers College - Class of 2005 - Staff member 2006 - present
National Criminal Defense College - 1986
William Mitchell College of Law - 1983 Juris Doctor
Gustavus Adolphus College - 1973 B.A. Theatre and English
Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul - 1969


State of Minnesota
State of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court - Minnesota

Certified Criminal Law Specialist

(Minnesota Bar Association certification)


My practice has been devoted to private criminal defense work since 1983. I have tried well over 75 cases to juries and I have also written and argued over 100 appeals in criminal cases before various appellate courts.
In addition to criminal defense, I have defended numerous forfeiture cases including a successful defense of the government's attempt to forfeit the Minneapolis clubhouse of the Hell's Angels.
I have represented law enforcement agents in critical incidents, misdemeanor and felony charges and have been a member of the panel of defense counsel for Minnesota Police and Peace Officer Association since 2008.
I have served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Lawyers and I was president of the organization in 1994. I received the Distinguished Member Award from MACDL in 2004 and have been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota for over 10 years and named one of the top 40 woman lawyers in the state.